Sleep Beforehand: First Dose

Sleep Beforehand: The “S” of Sagacious Extravagance. If you haven’t slept in the last 24 hours: my advice is don’t extravagate, just sleep. If you must extravagate, drink tea, coffee, chocolate or some other caffeinated beverage. Watch out for hostility – you are more prone to start unnecessary fights when sleep-deprived. Use repetition and familiarity to overcome brief moments of tuning out (which are likely happening without you noticing). If you haven’t slept in the last 36 hours, and you’re medically fit, my heart-felt appeal is for you to put away your money, walk out of the shop and find a bed (preferably your own, or some other safe horizontal surface) on which to sleep. In short, this is a terrible time to be shopping, except perhaps for herbal tea. In this sleep-deprived state, you are less likely to enjoy the experience but you ...

Alcohol Afterwards: First Dose

Alcohol Afterwards: The First “A” of Sagacious Extravagance. Your brain is like a blind person searching in a dark room for a black cat that isn’t there. Alcohol only makes the brain’s difficult job even harder. Some of the most intoxicating shopping pleasures are subtle and sensual and easily overlooked on alcohol. Be particular circumspect when drinking and e-shopping extravagances. Imagine, for a moment, that you are shopping alone in a completely dark Louboutin boutique, with your sunglasses on and your eyes firmly shut. The shop is comfortably warm but very humid. You can hear a regular thudding drum-beat in the distance. You are searching for a pair of black shoes (completely black except for the soles) which, unbeknown to you, the shop no longer stocks. A dark, handsome and mute waiter, dressed in black tie, approaches you and offers you a choice between ...